Gang Member Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison

By: US Department of Justice Email
By: US Department of Justice Email

News Release: US Department of Justice
May 6, 2014

Michael J. Moore, United State Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Wesley White, Jr., a/k/a "Westside", 39, of Valdosta, Georgia, was sentenced on May 5, 2014 to serve 16 years (200 months) for possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of "crack cocaine". The sentence was handed down by senioe U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson in Valdosta, Georgia.

Mr. White entered a plea of guilty to the charge on January 13, 2014. As a part of his plea agreement, Mr. White admitted that on June 3, 2013, a search warrant was executed at his resident in Valdosta, Georgia, which yielded drugs intended for distribution. During the search, investigators discovered six (6) cookies of crack cocaine packaged in sandwich bags, seven (7) bags of powder cocaine, a one (1) gallon-sized bag of marijuana and a cocaine press which contained some of the cocaine, in the kitchen of the residence. In the living room, officers found two (2) quart-sized bags of marijuana, digital scales and $1216.00 in currency.

"Every time we are able to get a drug dealer off our streets, it is proof that the cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies is working. With this lengthy sentence, we can take some comfort in knowing that at least one source of crack cocaine will be dried up for a very long time," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

The case is the culmination of many years of investigation by the FBI Southwest Georgia Gang Task Force, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division, Valdosta Police Department and the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers prosecuted the case for the Government.


News Release: US Department of Justice
January 15, 2014

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Wesley White, Sr., a/k/a "Westside", 38, of Valdosta, Georgia, entered a plea of guilty on January 13, 2014, to possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of "crack cocaine". Mr. White entered his plea of guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson in Valdosta, Georgia.

As a part of his plea agreement, Mr. White admitted that on June 3, 2013, a search warrant was executed at his residence in Valdosta, Georgia, which yielded drugs intended for distribution. During the search, investigators discovered sic (6) cookies of crack cocaine packaged in sandwich bags, seven (7) bags of powder cocaine, a one (1) gallon-sized bag of marijuana and a cocaine press which contained some of the cocaine, in the kitchen of the residence. In the living room, officers found two (2) quart-sized bags ofmarijuana, digital scales and $1216.00 in currency.

The Court scheduled sentencing for April 28,22014 in Valdosta, Georgia. Mr. White faces a sentence of a mandatory minimim of five (5) years up to forty (40) years imprisonment and a $5,000,000.00 fine, or both.

"In the Middle District of Georgia, people who deal drugs will face the full force of the federal authorities, specifically my office, which is made possible by the extraordinary cooperative efforts of our state and federal law enforcement agencies," said US Attorney Michael Moore.

The case is the culmination of many years of investigation by the FBI Southwest Georgia Gang Task Force, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division, Valdosta Police Department and the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers is handling the prosecution for the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney's Office, at (478) 621-2603.


By Eames Yates
June 4, 2013

Valdosta, GA - Residents of a quiet neighborhood were rattled early Monday morning when Lowndes County Sheriff's Deputies executed a search warrant at 214 Hollywood Street in Valdosta.

38-year-old Wesley White was arrested in connection with cocaine and marijuana.

Lieutenant Stryde Jones with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office said "They also discovered through their coordination with the FBI Gang Task Force that Mr. White was a documented member of the Gangster Disciples. A local street gang not only here in Valdosta but with national ties."

The Sheriff's Office says White was selling his drugs from his home at 214 Hollywood Street.

After searching the house sheriff's deputies found a little over three hundred grams of cocaine. They also found about two pounds of marijuana. All together it was valued at roughly 35,000 dollars.

Lieutenant Stryde went on to say "This was obviously not for personal consumption. That's a lot of drugs. He intended to move this on to other consumers."

White's neighbors were afraid to go on camera because of his gang affiliation but many said they were happy he's off the streets.

White faces charges of trafficking cocaine and is being held at the Lowndes County Jail.


Press Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Chris Prine has released the following;
On Monday, June 3, 2013 investigators from the Special Operations Division of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence of Wesley White at 214 Hollywood Street, Valdosta. The service of this warrant was the culmination of a lengthy investigation of White’s involvement in illegal narcotic distribution and his participation in a street gang.

While searching the residence, deputies found approximately 303 grams of cocaine, valued at $30,300 and approximately 437 grams of marijuana valued at $4374. Wesley White has previously been documented as a member of the Gangster Disciple street gang.
Investigators also served an additional search warrant at the residence at 1545 Linzie Drive, Valdosta. The resident, Michael Foster was arrested after a quantity of marijuana and moonshine was located.

Both of these investigations were conducted by investigators from the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and the service of the warrant was assisted by agents with the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the F.B.I. South West Georgia Gang Task Force, which consist of agents from the F.B.I. and investigators from Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Moultrie Police Department, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office, Thomasville Police Department and the Valdosta Police Department.

Sheriff Prine expressed his sincere appreciation for the efforts of the investigators in the Special Operations Division in his agency and the assistance of the other agencies that assisted with the service of these warrants. This investigation is continuing and additional charges and/or arrest may be possible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be left at {229} 671-2985 or on-line at www.lowndessheriff.com.

ID data: White, Wesley Sr.
38 years old
214 Hollywood Street – Valdosta
Charges: Trafficking of cocaine
Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute
Possession of the tools for the commission of a crime
Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act
Foster, Michael Shon
40 years old

1545 Linzie Drive – Valdosta
Charges: Possession of marijuana
Possession of untaxed liquor

Wesley White was transported to the Lowndes County Jail where he was booked for the listed charges. White should appear for an arraignment hearing this afternoon in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court where a bond will be considered. Michael Foster.


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